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RNBO: News & Analysis Center June 29 Update

OVERALL INFORMATION OF THE INFORMATIONAL-ANALYTICAL CENTER OF  NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL OF UKRAINE (RNBO) AS OF June 29, 12PM

The situation on the border

Over the last 24 hours, the Russian Federation kept concentrating its military vehicles near the Ukrainian border and on the administrative border with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The terrorists also attempted to block the actions of border units, as Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman of the informational-analytical center of National Security and Defense Council, reported at the daily briefing.

Thus, around midnight on June 28, terrorists forced a mortar shootout at the unit of the State Border Guard Service in Luhansk Oblast. In response, the border guards opened fire, forcing the terrorists to retreat. One border guard was wounded.

Besides, according to the State Border Guard Service, the Grad multiple rocket launcher and the S-300 surface-to-air missile system were additionally brought to the checkpoint of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation near the gas distribution station area of Strilkove (Kherson Oblast). A man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) and a cannon were seen there as well.

Yesterday at around 6 PM the border squad “Stanichno-Luhanske” of Luhansk platoon noticed a drone that crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border and entered into the territory of Ukraine for 300-500 meters. The intelligence mission of the drone was disrupted by firing at it with small arms.    

Military  actions in the conflict zone

The terrorist gangs violated the ceasefire period in the last 24 hours again:

During June 28, terrorists forced a shootout with automatic grenade launchers and mortars at one of the checkpoints near Sloviansk. The attack was repelled. As a result of the battle, three Ukrainian military servicemen died, four more were wounded.

On June 28, the terrorists treacherously attacked a column of combat service support near Nyzhnia Olhivka (Luhansk Oblast). The terrorists attacked the military servicemen of the ATO forces with small arms and grenade launchers. The battle lasted for thirty minutes. The attack was repelled. During the battle two military servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine died, eight were wounded.

In the afternoon of June 28, terrorists forced a shootout at the ATO forces unit near Tarany (Donetsk Oblast). The attack was repelled. There are no casualties among the Ukrainian servicemen.

On June 28, the terrorists made an ambush and laid an underground mine on the route of the Ukrainian military servicemen column who were carrying humanitarian aid.  The infantry fighting vehicle BMP-2 got blown up on the laid landmine. The attack was repelled. Five military servicemen were wounded, one of them broke his leg.

During the last night the terrorists forced a shootout a few times with mortars near Sloviansk, around the airfield area in Kramatorsk and also Biryukovo town, Luhansk Oblast.

Yesterday, the terrorists attacked the positions of the National Guard near Shyshkove (Slovianoserbskyi district, Luhansk Oblast). The attack was repelled. There are no casualties amond the military servicemen.

The situation in the settlements of the conflict zone

On June 28, the terrorists seized the Donetsk chemical plant. They are planning to start producing hand grenades there.

By violating the ceasefire period, the terrorists keep seizing administrative buildings. On June 28, they seized the building of the regional unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Donetsk Oblast. In Luhansk, the gangs took control of the reception and allocation office of the MIA and the oblast office of the “Kyivstar” technical service.

On June 28, gunmen captured three bullet proof cash transit vans of Yuzhkombank.

At night, twelve masked gunmen threatening with the weapons seized two combine harvesters in Vesele (Donetsk Oblast).

At around 3AM, a double line railway track of 36 km and a single line railway track line of 17 km were blown up on the stretch between stations Mohnach-Zelenyi Kolodoiaz of the Southern Railway in Kharkiv Oblast. The movement of trains is suspended. The passenger train #18 connecting Adler-Kyiv was sent to the destination point  via a detour. Evacuation was not needed. There were no victims. A criminal investigaiton according the article # 258 (terrorist attack) of Criminal Code of Ukraine has been opened.

Recruiting gunmen in Russia

The Ukrainian government demands the Russian side to immediately stop supporting the terrorists and considers it essential to shut down the Russian recruitment points and  training camps for mercenaries, to end recruitment of our citizens and to remove subversion groups that were previously brought to Ukraine. The Security Service of Ukraine received and unveiled unquestionable evidence of mercenary and subversion recruitment centers functioning at the territory of Russian Federation with the intention of destabilizing the situation and supporting the terrorists in Ukraine. There is evidence for the existence of training commando units for committing terrorist attacks and subversions, armed attacks at the Ukrainian military servicemen and civilians, particularly in Pskov, Taganrog, Shahta (Rostov Oblast), Molkino (Krasnodar Kray), and Moscow Oblast.

The documented evidence proves that the terrorists are directed to Ukraine from this location after receiving tasks from the Russian coordinators. Social media are used for these purposes in order to publish the contact information. The recruitment of the so-called “volunteers” is done on a paid basis.

Translated by Mariya Shtangrat, edited by Alya Shandra

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